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Neurological Symptoms and Conditions:
How to Rapidly Identify High-Risk Patients and Optimize Their Outcomes

When patients present with the following neurological symptoms or conditions, there may be little time to determine which cases are emergencies and take the appropriate next steps.

High-Frequency Symptoms
  • Headache
  • Back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Delirium
  • Weakness
High-Risk Conditions
  • Ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke
  • Subdural hematoma
  • TIA
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Concussion and TBI

Every year there is a vast amount of practice-changing literature impacting diagnosis and next steps, including newer approaches to the history, the physical, and early management.

This acclaimed program summarizes these changes and prepares clinicians who work in Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Critical Care and Trauma, Hospital Medicine, Urgent Care, and Internal/Family Medicine to quickly and accurately diagnose and identify a neurological emergency and provide the appropriate care.  

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Led by top clinical faculty at Harvard Medical School, this course ensures participants are better equipped to make an accurate diagnosis, better understand the uses and limitations of neuroimaging tests, and improve overall care in emergency, inpatient, and outpatient settings.

As a participant, you will get updates, strategies, and best practices to:

  • Rapidly evaluate high-frequency symptoms and high-risk neurological conditions and identify neurological emergencies
  • Act in the first hours
  • Manage coma and delirium
  • Diagnose dizziness at the bedside: Is is stroke, neuritis, or BPPV?
  • Perform therapeutic maneuvers with the dizzy patient
  • Optimize your use of CT, CTA, MRI: When to order. How to read. How to act on results.
  • Use the focused history and physical to determine which patients with headache or minor head injury require neuroimaging or further workup
  • Identify stroke patients for intra-arterial therapy
  • Manage head injuries, from concussion to critical care management of TBI
  • Spot the history and physical examination “red flags” in patients presenting with back pain

NEW in 2017

New in 2017 is dedicated education to:

  • Avoid misdiagnosis
  • Improve risk management
  • Optimize patient safety
  • Better understand and mitigate liability

STATE-OF-THE-ART, EVIDENCE-BASED WORKUP AND MANAGEMENT

This program summarizes the state-of-the-art, evidence-based workup and management procedures to help frontline providers—including emergency physicians, hospitalists, neurologists, primary care providers and critical care physicians—to quickly identify a neurological emergency and take appropriate measures when you find it.

The program is unique in that it:

  • Consolidates best practices in the workup of common neurological complaints
  • Provides tips that you can immediately put into practice
  • Lays out algorithms for common complaints such as headache, dizziness, back pain, and visual problems
  • Delivers guidance for stroke and cerebrovascular episodes, including first hours of workup, the NIH Stroke Scale, tips for rapid neuroimaging and treatment (including new data on intra-arterial therapy), and best practices in risk management
  • Features a cutting-edge program on head injury, from concussion to critical care management of TBI
  • Lets you customize your learning experience to align with your specific practice needs